The first thing that I noticed about this book was that as usual Joey Hi-fi deliver a stunning cover that after reading the book fits perfectly. Trying to describe the Chuck Wendig approach is not easy without coping out and saying he uses a lot of profanity. The best I can manage came to me whilst reading this book and listening to Marilyn Manson. Like Manson I find that Wendig’s work initially comes across as being purely about shocking people. As you dig deeper and pay more attention though you realise that the surface glaze is just the tip of the iceberg.
This is the second Miriam Black novel and if you enjoyed the first one then you’ll love this one. Miriam finds out that other people have similar gifts/curses to her own personal hell. She is still a horrid person that gets forced to do some good in the world, but the stakes are raised in this book and Miriam does some contemptible things in order to try and save Wren. Whether her sacrifices actually make a difference is debatable and by the end of the book she is back on the road on her own.
This is probably the best book that Chuck Wendig has written to date and I have high hopes for the upcoming third book in the series. It will not be to everyone’s taste, but for me it the gritty attitude and feel from shows such as The Wire and Breaking Bad and applied them to a hitch-hiking psychic nutjob.
I feel that I want to say more, but like Mockingbird I’m not going to waste words, and I’m certainly not going to spoil the plot for you. Go out and buy this now, and if you haven’t read Blackbirds, then go and buy that too.